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					             DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE PROTOCOL PRECEDENCE LIST


VIP CODE      POSITION
VIP CODE 1
1             President of the United States
2             Heads of State/Reigning Royalty

VIP CODE 2    FOUR STAR EQUIVALENT
3             Vice President of the United States
4             Governors (in own state)
5             Speaker of the House of Representatives
6             Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
7             Former Presidents of the United States (By seniority of assuming office)
8             U.S. Ambassadors when at post
9             Secretary of State
10            President, UN General Assembly (when in session)
11            Secretary General of the United Nations
12            President, UN General Assembly (when not in session)
13            President, International Court of Justice
              Foreign Ambassadors accredited to the United States (in order of presentation of
14            credentials)
15            Widows of Former Presidents of the United States
16            Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
17            Retired Chief Justices of the Supreme Court
18            Retired Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
19            Secretary of the Treasury
20            Secretary of Defense (see note 11)
21            The Attorney General
22            Secretary of the Interior
23            Secretary of Agriculture
24            Secretary of Commerce
25            Secretary of Labor
26            Secretary of Health ad Human Services
27            Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
28            Secretary of Transportation
29            Secretary of Energy
30            Secretary of Education
31            Secretary of Veterans Affairs
32            Secretary of Homeland Security
33            Chief of Staff of the President
34            Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
35            Director, Office of Management and Budget
36            U.S. Trade Representative
37            Director, National Drug Control Policy
38            President Pro Tempore of the Senate
              U.S. Senators (By seniority, when the same, by State's date of admission in the Union, or
39            alphabetically by State)
              Governors (when outside own state) (By date of state's admission in the Union or alpha by
40            state) (See #4)
41            Acting Heads of Executive Departments
42            Former Vice Presidents of the United States or their widows
              Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (By seniority, then by date of state's
43            admission in the Union or alpha by state)



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               Delegates to the House of Representatives (nonvoting members) from Territory of
               American Samoa, District of Columbia, Territory of Guam, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,
44             and United States Virgin Islands (by date of election of delegate)
               Governors of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Territory of Guam, Territory of American
               Samoa, United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
               Islands (determined by territory's date of entering U.S. jurisdiction, or alphabetically by
45             territory)
46             Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
47             Senior Advisor to the President
48             Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
49             Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
50             Assistants to the President (By alpha)
51             Chief of Staff to the Vice President
52             Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors
53             Chairman, Council of Environmental Quality
54             Director, Office of Science Technology Policy
               Chief of Protocol, Department of State (when at the White House or accompanying The
55             President)
               Charges D'Affaires of foreign governments assigned to diplomatic missions in Washington
56             DC
               Charges D'Affaires ad interim of foreign governments assigned to diplomatic missions in
57             Washington DC
58             Former Secretaries of State (by seniority of assuming office)
59             Former Cabinet Members (by seniority of assuming office)
               Deputy to Members of the Cabinet, according to date of establishment of the department,
60             and as added by The President (see cabinet order)
61             Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
62             Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
63             Deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR)
64             Deputy Director, National Drug Control Policy
65             U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
66             Administrator, Small Business Administration (SBA)
67             Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
68             Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
69             Solicitor General
70             Administrator, Agency for International Development (AID)
71             Under Secretaries of State and Counselor of the State Department
72             Under Secretaries of the Executive Departments (when third in rank)
73             U.S. Ambassadors at Large
74             Secretary of the Army
75             Secretary of the Navy
76             Secretary of the Air Force
77             Postmaster General
78             Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
79             Chairman, Export-Import Bank
80             Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
               Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (precedes Service
81             Secretaries on acquisition matters)
82             Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
83             Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer)
84             Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
85             Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
86             Retired Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
87             Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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88              Retired Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
                Chief of Staff of the Army and Air Force, Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant
89              of the Marine Corps (See note 1)
90              Commandant of the Coast Guard

                Retired Chief of Staff of the Army and Air Force, Chief of Naval Operations, the
91              Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard (See note 1)
92              Lieutenant Governors
93              Permanent Representatives of foreign governments to the United Nations
94              Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS)
                Chairman, Permanent Council to the Organization of American States (OAS) (new
95              Chairman appointed every three months)
96              Permanent Representatives to the Organization of American States (OAS)
                Heads of International Organizations (including International Monetary Fund, World Bank
                (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development), North Atlantic Treaty
97              Organizations) (NATO)
98              Administrator, General Services Administration (GSA)
99              Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
100             Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board
101             Director, Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
102             Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
103             Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
104             Director, Peace Corps
105             Deputy Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations
106             Deputy Administrator, Small Business Association (SBA)
107             Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
108             Deputy Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
109             U.S. Ambassadors on state and official visits to the United States, D.C
                Chief of Protocol, Department of State (at the Department of State or at events outside the
110             White House)
111             U.S. Ambassadors on official visits in the U.S. outside D.C.
112             Career Ambassadors
113             Combatant Commanders (See note 2)
114             Retired Combatant Commanders (See note 2)
115             Commander Multi-National Forces-Iraq

VIP CODE 3     FOUR STAR EQUIVALENT
116            Chief Judges and Circuit Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals (by length of service)
117            Chief Judge and District Judges, U.S. District Courts (by length of service)
118            Chief Judges and Circuit Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
119            Mayors of U.S. cities and the District of Columbia when in own city
               Acting Chief of Protocol when at the White House or accompanying The President on
120            State and Official Visits
121            Deputy Administrator, Agency for International Development (AID)
122            American Charge d'Affaires
               Assistant Secretaries, Counselors, and Legal Advisers of Executive Departments (by date
123            of appointment)
124            Under Secretaries General of the United Nations
125            Administrator, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
126            Deputy Director, General Services Administration (GSA)
127            Deputy Director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
128            Deputy Director, Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
129            Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
130            Assistant Administrators, Agency for International Development (AID)
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131             Assistant United States Trade Representatives
132             Deputy Assistants to the President (ranked by alpha)
133             United States Comptroller General
134             Members of the Council of Environmental Quality
135             Members of the Council of Economic Advisers (ranked by alpha)
136             American Ambassadors-designate (in the U.S. under normal orders or on leave)
                Representatives of United States Missions to the European Union (USEU) and the
137             Organization for Economic Cooperation and development (USOECD)
138             Mayors of U.S. Cities and the District of Columbia (when not in own city)
                Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and
139             Logistics/Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology
140             Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness
141             Under Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (see note 3)
142             Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
143             Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
144             Director, Defense Research and Engineering
                Assistant Secretaries of Defense, General Counsel of the Department of Defense and
145             Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (See note 3)
146             Inspector General of the Department of Defense
                Chief Judges and Judges of the United States Court of Military Appeals for the Armed
147             Forces-when outside dod go to 117
148             Acting Deputy Secretaries of Executive Departments
149             Acting Under Secretaries of Executive Departments
                Army and Air Force Vice Chiefs of Staff, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and the Assistant
150             Commandant of the Marine Corps (See note 1)
151             Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard
152             Four Star Generals and Admirals (See note 4)
153             Officers of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
                Assistant Service Secretaries and General Counsels of the Army, Navy and Air Force (see
154             note 3)
155             Executive Secretary, National Security Council (NSC)
                Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense
157             Programs
158             Retired Generals and Admirals (4 Star Rank)
159             The Special Assistant to the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary of Defense
                Assistants to the Secretary of Defense (Includes Special Assistants to SecDef and
                DepSecDef, Assistant to the SecDef (Intelligence Oversight), Representative, and other
                assistants as may be designated from time to time by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of
160             Defense) (See note 5)
161             Director, Administration and Management (OSD)
162             Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation (OSD)
163             Director of Net Assessment
164             Director, Force Transformation
165             Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Comptroller
166             Defense Advisor U.S. Mission NATO, Secretary of Defense Representative to Europe
                Chairmen of the Defense Policy Advisory Committee, Defense Science Board, the
167             Reserve Forces Policy Board, and the Defense Business Board (See note 5)

VIP CODE 4     THREE STAR EQUIVALENT
168            Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense (See note 5)
169            Directors of Defense Agencies (See note 6)
170            Directors of DoD Field Activities (see note 10)
171            Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering (See Note 5)
172            Principal Assistant Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense (see note 5)
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                Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense, Principal Deputy General Counsel
173             (DoD) and Principal Deputy Director Operational Test and Evaluation (See Note 5)
174             Principal Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Defense (First Assistant)
                Administrative Assistants to the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (See Note 5
175             and 12)
                Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (See Notes 7 and 9,
176             Position established Oct 1, 2005)
                Service Senior Enlisted Advisors (Sergeant Major of the Army, Master Chief Petty Officer
                of the Navy, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps,
176             and Master Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (See Note 7, 9, 12)
177             Lieutenant Generals and Vice Admirals (3-star) (see note 4)
178             Retired Lieutenant Generals and Vice Admirals
179             State Senators (in their own states)
                Former American Ambassadors-Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions (in order of presentation of
180             credentials at first post)
181             Acting Assistant Secretaries of Executive Departments
182             President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
183             Treasurer of the United States
184             Director of the Mint
185             Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
186             Director, National Bureau of Standards
187             Other Chairman of Bureaus, Boards and Commissions not previously listed
188             Librarian of Congress

189             Vice Chairman and Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
190             Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
191             Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
192             Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
193             Director, National Science Foundation
194             Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service
195             Heads of independent agencies not mentioned previously (by date of establishment)
196             Special Assistants to the President
197             Chairman of the American Red Cross
198             Ministers of foreign governments assigned to diplomatic missions in Washington D.C.
199             Deputy Chief of Protocol (State Department)
200             Commissioner of the United States Customs Service
201             Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
202             Commissioners (Level IV Executives)
203             Chairman, US Section of the Permanent Joint Board of Defense, US-Canada
                Principal Deputy Assistant Service Secretaries and Principal Deputy General Counsels of
204             the Army, Navy, and Air Force (see note 5)

               Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense, Deputy General Counsels of the Department of
205            Defense and Deputy Directors Operational Test and Evaluation (see note 5)
206            Deputy Inspectors General of the Department of Defense (see note 5)
207            Deputy Comptrollers of the Department of Defense (see note 5)
208            Assistant Inspectors General of the Department of Defense (see note 5)
209            Deputy Under Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (see note 5)
210            Deputy Defense Advisor, U.S. Mission NATO
               Members of Secretary of Defense Boards (Defense Policy Advisory Committee, Defense
211            Science Board, Reserve Forces Policy Board, and Defense Business Board)
212            The Auditor Generals of the Army, Navy and Air Force (See note 5)
213            Deputy Counsels of Executive Departments (by date of appointment)
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214           Assistant Chiefs of Protocol
215           Directors of Offices of Executive Departments

216           Counselors of foreign governments assigned to diplomatic missions in Washington D.C.
217           Consuls General of foreign governments
218           Congressional Full Committee Staff Director, Chief Counsel

VIP Code 5    TWO STAR EQUIVALENT
219           Assistant Deputy Under Secretaries and Principal Directors (See note 5)
220           Major Generals and Rear Admirals (Upper Half) (See Note 4)
221           Retired Major General and Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
              Deputy Assistant Service Secretaries and Deputy General Counsels of the Army, Navy,
222           and Air Force (See Note 5)
              Deputy Assistants to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological
223           Defense Programs (See Note 3)
              Deputy Directors Program Analysis and Evaluation, Net Assessment and Force
224           Transformation (see note 5)
225           Congressional Senior Professional Committee Staff (PSMs, Staff Assistants)
226           Chief Judge and Judges, United States Court of International Trade
227           Chief Judge and Associate Judges, United States Court of Claims
228           Chief Judge and Associate Judges, United States Tax Court

VIP Code 6    ONE STAR EQUIVALENT
229           Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals (Lower Half) (See note 4)
230           Retired Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals (Lower Half)
              Other Members of the Senior Executive Service and Defense Intelligence Senior
231           Executive Service (see notes 8 and 9)
232           Congressional Senior Personal Staff (AA, LA, MLA)
233           Desk Officers of executive departments
              First Secretaries of foreign governments assigned to diplomatic missions in Washington
234           D.C. when there is no counselor
235           Members of Bureaus, Board and Commissions


Notes:
              Within a group listed on a line under a code, precedence for Senate confirmed positions is
         1    established by date of appointment to the position.


              Combatant Commanders/ Retired Combatant Commanders - At Multi or Joint service
              events ONLY, order is by date of appointment; for Commanders who previously held a
              confirmed position (i.e. CJCS, VCJCS, Service Chief, or previous Combatant Commander)
              use the initial date of appointment to that position. At Air Force exclusive events, Air Force
         2    Combatant Commanders are ranked by date of rank with other Air Force 4-Stars.

              Within a group listed on a line under a code, precedence for Senate confirmed civilian
         3    positions is established by date of appointment.

         4    Precedence is by date of rank in the serving grade.


         5    For non-statutory positions within a group, precedence is by date assigned to the position


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             Precedence for Defense Agency Directors is determined by the establishment date of the
             organization. NSA/CSS-1952; DARPA-1958, DISA-1960, DIA-1961, DLA-1961, DCAA-
             1965; DSCA-1971; DSS-1972, DLSA-1981, MDA-1984, DeCA-1990, DFAS-1990,
      6      NGA-1996, DTRA-1998; DCMA 2000, PFPA 2002


             Code 4 precedence applies only to the currently serving Senior Enlisted Advisors and
             Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Certain protocol
             functions may require a deviation from the established precedence. Retired service senior
      7      enlisted advisors should be placed in front of other retired members of the grade (E-9).
             Precedence for members of the SES and the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive
             Service (DISES) is established by the position held. The SES includes various executive
             and managerial positions classified above the GS-15 of the General Schedule or in level IV
             or V of the Executive Schedule, or an equivalent position, and which do not require
             appointment by the President with Senate confirmation. The SES excludes non-
             managerial positions above grade GS-15 in the Senior Level (SL) and Scientific and
             Professional (ST) positions as well as Defense Intelligence Senior Level Professional
             positions. For those members of the SES/DISES within the OSD components, Defense
             Agencies and Field Activities whose positions are not specifically identified, their positions
             are in Code 6, under "Other members of the Senior Executive Service." It is recognized
             that within the Military Departments and on the Joint Staff there are members of the SES
             whose position may be comparable to General/Flag Officers of the 2 and 3 star rank. In
             the Air Force, the following general guidance pertains to members of the SES whose
             positions are not specifically listed in this DOD Order of Precedence list; their precedence
      8      will be in either Code 5 or 6, but not lower than in 6. The determining factor will be the

             For Service-related functions and activities, when appropriate to do so, the Services may
      9      adjust the established order of precedence as necessary.


             Precedence for Directors of the Defense Field Activities I determined by the establishment
             date of the organization. The Defense Field Activities are listed as follows: Washington
             Headquarters Services (WHS) - 1977, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) - 1978,
             Armed Forces Information Service (AFIS) - 1980, DoD Education Activity (DoDEA) - 1992,
             Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) - 1993, DoD Human Resource
             Activity (HRA) - 1996, TRICARE Management Activity -1998, Defense Technical Security
             Administration (DTSA) - 2001, DoD Counterintelligence Field Activity - 2002, DoD Test
             Resources Management Center (TRMC) - 2002, Defense Technical Information Center
     10      (DTIC) - 2004

             Except as noted herein, the provisions of this memorandum are not applicable to former
             civilian officials of the Department as they do not retain the precedence associated with
             their position upon departure from that position. In recognition of their past service in the
             Department, courtesies and recognition may be extended to them as appropriate.
             Precedence is retained, however, by former Secretaries of Defense due to their status as
             presidential cabinet member, and by retired members of the military since they retain the
     11      rank in which they were retired.




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